Bookmaking for Preschoolers: Magical Kingdom!

with Ellen Ferrari
Saturday, November 25; 10am–12pm CT

Rally royalty for Jean Gralley’s Yonderfel’s Castle and build a pop-up castle book of your very own! Make a magic wand book for your court magician featuring a “petal-fold” technique, a stick, and a little binding magic. Learn how to make a book from a folded piece of paper, called an “M-fold,” to create a dragon book as tall as you to guard the drawbridge. Last, create a crown book to wear at formal court occasions using a “donut-fold” binding.

In this in-person workshop, preschoolers learn the parts of a book, work with tools like bone folders and glue sticks, and build fine motor skills by folding basic preschool book structures. They also grow their interest in books and visual arts and feel pride as they engage in artmaking in a book arts studio regularly accessed by working artists. Ellen designed this workshop to meet preschoolers where they are both developmentally and in their interests.

One registration includes one adult and one child. This workshop is ideal for children ages 2–6.
Caregiver tip: Sign up with your preschooler’s friend and caregiver!

All skill levels welcome

$45/child and their adult caregiver (10% discount for MCBA members) + $10 materials fee
$23 for BIPOC/Financial scholarship child and their adult caregiver* (10% discount for MCBA members) + $10 materials fee
MCBA offers two scholarship types for workshops—Financial Hardship Scholarships and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Scholarships—to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom these scholarships do not apply, register at the Adult/Child pair rate and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make scholarships available.
*If either person in the pair (child or caregiver) is eligible for a scholarship, choose the scholarship option at registration.

Masks are strongly recommended for program participants working close to others in MCBA’s studios. See our Covid Safety Guidelines for more information.

Please note: Registration closes 11/20 at midnight (CT).